I do like twenty-pound words – they get the reader involved, by forcing them to look ’em UP! My favourite is “contemporaneously” (it means: at the same time).
A few weeks back, I saw a bit on TV about a lake in America – Leno was taking the mickey and fluffing its pronunciation – but I KNEW HOW to pronounce it.
Phonetically, it sounds like “chagoggagoggnamchagagoggchabumagungamaugg” – and I can actually SAY it – AND know what it MEANS.
It’s a native American word for “you fish on your side, I fish on my side and no-one fish in the middle.”
It just happens to be one of those obscure things I LEARNED, when a child.
Like Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch – I can actually SAY it!
Another is sulphasuccinatedundecalenicmonoalkalollomide (Biomin: the ingredient in Vosene shampoo that gets rid of dandruff – I learned that one while sitting in the bath).
Then, in the Seventies, I mastered Bill Mitchell’s “Lipsmackinthirstquenchinacetastinmotivatingoodbuzzincooltalk inhighwalkinfastlivinevergivincoolfizzin – PEPSI!”
All utterly useless of course – they don’t get you girls – or boys. Possibly a punch in the mouth from some yobbo is all.
But if I’d been in that audience of The Tonight Show a few weeks ago – Leno would have got a HECKLE!